|Fire; Living or Non-living?
Do you think fire is living or non-living? People sometimes think fire is living because it consumes and uses energy, requires oxygen, and moves through the environment. Fire is actually non-living. A reason why is it cannot eat or breath. Fire can spread quickly and burn.
The reason fire is non-living is because it does not have the eight characteristics of life. Also, fire is not made of cells. All living organisms is made of cells.
Although fire needs oxygen to burn, this does not mean it is living. A fire can show qualities of animals. They use oxygen and produce carbon dioxide. Fire does the same thing, but it has no body or has no structured cell system.
People think fire is living because it moves and needs oxygen. Also, it is able to spread across the ground. It takes in materials like wood and turns them into ash and other things. It also needs oxygen as though it were breathing. However, fire is not alive.
Living things require water to live and grow. On the contrary, water kills a fire. Fire requires oxygen and material and gas exchange to live. Water is the one thing that would make a fire die. However, for a true living organism water is one of the most necessary requirements of life.
So now do you think fire is non-living? I do because it doesn’t have the eight characteristics of life. Also, it doesn’t have cells and now you know that all living organisms need cells to live. And I do know it consumes and uses energy. However, it is still not alive.
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